Sequences in Separation: A Framework for Investigating Endings of the Personal (Romantic) Relationship

  title={Sequences in Separation: A Framework for Investigating Endings of the Personal (Romantic) Relationship},
  author={Loren Lee},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={49 - 73}
  • Loren Lee
  • Published 1 March 1984
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
A multi-parameter framework is proposed for examining `break-ups' of the pre-marital romantic dyad. The model delineates five stages in dissolution: Discovery of Dissatisfaction (D), Exposure (E), Negotiation (N), Resolution (R) and Transformation (T). Termination scenarios may be specified by Stage, Operator, Content and Latency parameters. Utility of the framework is explored in a retrospective study of 112 break-ups. Subjects reporting (E) and (N) Stages (engagement on issues) view their… 
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